Toss-up in the 8th?; “Craziest” candidates in the 1st; Minnesota to Mars

Minnesotans head to the polls to cast votes in today’s primary election.

MPR News colleague Jon Collins has a good summary of the key races on the ballot.

MPR News will have results on-air and online. Capitol View with have updates from around the state including a video chat with academics and bloggers focusing on the Perry-Quist GOP contest in the 1st Congressional District at 9:00 and another focusing on the Anderson-Clark-Nolan DFL race in the 8th District at 9:30p.

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1st Congressional District Primary Race

8th Congressional District Primary Race

Find your polling place

Polls open from 7a-8p, Minnesota law allows same day voter registration.

Also on MN Today

Careful look at state employees health benefits may save taxpayers millions

MPR News: “The state of Minnesota is terminating health insurance coverage for about 3,100 family members of state employees. The action comes after the state conducted an audit to determine whether anyone was improperly receiving benefits. Supporters of the audit say it is proof the program is working, and that it could save the state millions of dollars.”

Anyone’s race in the 8th District?

“As Democrats in the 8th District head to the polls this week, there’s a feeling that any of the three DFLers on the ballot could walk away a winner,” (MinnPost). “Democrats seeking a northeastern Minnesota congressional seat waited for workers to end shifts at mines and mills and invaded restaurants Monday in a final push for votes ahead of a too-close-to-call primary,” (AP).

Tuesday’s primary will narrow the field

“After months of shaking hands, visiting county fairs and marching in parades, 1st District Republican congressional candidates Mike Parry and Allen Quist find out Tuesday whether their hard work has paid off,” Rochester Post Bulletin.

Parry and Quist both make Buzzfeed’s “8 craziest candidates of 2012” list.

West metro legislative primaries a race to the right

“Republican candidates in the far western suburbs have been generating much of the heat leading up to the primary. State Rep. Connie Doepke of Orono is running for the open Senate seat in District 33, after losing a party endorsement fight,” MPR News.

Mars, machines and the Minnesota connection

“Mars may be 35 million miles from Earth, but we Minnesotans have a close connection. Parts of the Mars rover, which is sending back all those wonderful pictures, were built right here. At a local machine shop,” (Star Tribune).

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